One of the many trips all over the world which I loved to accompany, when I was a tour guide, was going to India. I love India for its diversity, the colours, the temples, the contrasts, the religion, so many gods, there’s a god in India for every inclination and a festival for every occasion. Our schedule included Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri and ended in Kalkutta.

There’s also the other side of India, the poverty, the street kids and all the beggars in the street which often shocked the people in our tour groups who came from Europe and were not used to this display of misery. They felt like they had to help, and I had the perfect solution for their need; with every tour group I took to India, I paid a visit to one of Mother Teresa’s children’s orphanages in Calcutta. We were always given a little tour around and played some silly games with the kids and then everyone had the opportunity to donate to this wonderful cause.

One day, just as we were about to leave, it happened: This little, slightly hunched woman dressed in white and blue walked down the stairs, said good morning to us with a big smile and walked out the door…. It was her, Mother Teresa… we had all seen her and we were all in awe. There were no pictures taken, no smart phones at the time, there was not enough time to take out a photo camera, when I think of this now, how much would I have loved a selfie with Mother Teresa. It was one of those moments in life that you never forget and only realise what happened when it’s already over.


  • Elisabeth Villiger Toufexis

    Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Author, Motivational Speaker

    I am the author of the book “The Soul Kit” and a Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Motivational Speaker. My life purpose is to add value to people’s lives and brighten the path of those who are a little lost in the dark.  I am originally from Switzerland but live in Cyprus with my husband, and we have two grown up children. I speak 6 languages and also work as an interpreter. I found out very early in life that if we want to achieve something, we have to take action and not wait for someone else to do it for us. Life doesn't happen to us, we make it happen. I had a bit of a tough beginning, my mother was 16 years old when she gave birth to me and wanted to give me up for adoption, my grandfather insisted to take me home and I grew up with my grandparents but unfortunately when I was 10 years old, my grandfather died. I felt a lot of insecurity and shame and spent many years feeling quite lost and worth less than others but was determined to achieve something in my life. When I started understanding that we are in charge of our life and that it’s entirely up to us how we want to create it and that we must never allow our past to define our future, I started creating a wonderful life for myself. As a young woman, I worked as a tour guide in many different countries all over the world and learned about other cultures and mentalities, I learned that even though we may look different and speak different languages, we are all the same, with the same needs, wishes and dreams, and that we all have the need for safety and happiness. I have travelled to over a hundred countries, and I love to get to know people, appreciating similarities and respecting differences while bringing out the best in each other.